For Today - For Eternity

To live and work for the right reasons ...
Have the Right Perspective for Rewards

Gaining Heavenly treasures.

* Work for Christ and build on Christ.
* Not necessarily doing Christ-like work.

1 Cor 3:11  "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
1 Cor 3:12  "Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;"
1 Cor 3:13  "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."
1 Cor 3:14  "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward"
1 Cor 3:15  "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."

Doing good things for the wrong reason will gain
* wood, hay and stubble which will be burned up. 

Doing good things for the Lord will acquire
*gold, silver and precious stones, which will not be consumed by fire, but the fire will refine them to a high grade of purity, enhancing ownership.

A heavenly store for a heavenly treasure

John 14:1  "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."
John 14:2  "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."
John 14:3  "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

Jesus is tending to the placement of our rewards. 
We must be tending to the accumulation of them, by not working for
*ourselves or
* rewards or
* others,
but for Christ.

Gaining Earthly Advantages
Rewards are for this time on earth as well as Heaven.  Prove the Word of God to your own satisfaction.  Example: Tithing with the right intentions

Tithe and see if you are not blessed in the process, while still on this earth..

Mal 3:10  "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

A blessing while still on this earth
The windows of heaven opened in this life.  So much so, there will not be room to receive them.

Repent of your sins and see if you are not cleansed.

1 John 1:9  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Cleansing while active in this life
All or our sins are forgiven at salvation.  All in the past and all in the future.  But we confess them daily to receive cleansing and fellowship with the Lord during this life.

Forgive others and see if you are not welcomed back to the fellowship of Christ.

Luke 6:37  "…condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive , and ye shall be forgiven"

Forgive and be forgiven daily
"Forgiven" in the context of this passage has to do with daily confession and cleansing from the damages of sin in this life.  Forgiveness of sin in the next life was cared for at salvation.

Sow and see if you do not reap the same.

Gal 6:7-9  "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

Planting and reaping from day to day
Plant your good works daily and see if they do not bear fruit in this life time as well as later.

Be friendly and see if you do not gain friends .

Prov 18:24  "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Friends for today
Be friendly to people daily and watch for friends to come your way as you live this life.

Prove the Bible
* on every front
* in every promise
* to the utmost extent


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